H-Day isn’t a one-day wonder, it’s a five-day fear funstival
Halloween Events | by Gregory Beatty
Halloween is on a Monday this year. From a party perspective, that sucks. Do the night up proper with midnight (and later) shenanigans and you’ll look like death warmed over when you show up for Tuesday adulting.
Fortunately, thanks to the entrepreneurial zeal of local bars, arts organizations and cultural institutions you’ve got some solid options for celebrating Halloween in the run-up to the big candy give away on Monday.
VAMPIRE GALA Hosted by Saskatoon Tribal Council, features cocktails, dinner and entertainment from singer Crystal Shawanda, hypnotist Scott Ward, Live One and more. Proceeds to Home Fires Foundation and White Buffalo Youth Lodge. TCU Place, 5 p.m. See sktc.sk.ca.
DUTCH GROWERS HALLOWEEN MAZE Suitable for young children (with parental accompaniment). 685 Reid Road. Oct. 27-31. Free. See dutchgrowers.com.
SCARIEST HOUSE IN SASKATOON Haunted house attraction with ghouls, goblins, a graveyard and more. 1402 5th Ave. N. Oct. 27-31. Free. 306-666-6666.
HAUNTED HOUSE & PUMPKIN PATCH Family-friendly thrill and chill-fest. Berry Barn. Oct. 27-28 and 31, 4-7 p.m.; Oct. 29-30 11 a.m.-7 p.m. See berrybarn.ca.
VAMPIRE BEAT This party includes karaoke at Underground Café, music by Radiation Flowers, The Avulsions, Waitress and Two Headed Dogs at Village Guitar & Amp, and DJ sets from Brendamachine, Dr J + VC Vibes, Malware and Economics with visuals by SCKUSE at PAVED Arts AKA Event Space. See pavedarts.ca.
HALLOWEEN HOWL This concert by children’s entertainer Sylvia Chave is suitable for all ages. The Refinery, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. $7 advance, $9 door, 2 and under free.
BOO TOWN Halloween-themed event which promises scary fun for the whole family, with games, stories, a photo booth and visit from the Remai Modern art caravan. Western Development Museum, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
HALLOWEEN MESS QUEST Family-friendly fun with a 100 per cent chance of being slimed. Children’s Discovery Museum. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with general admission. See museumforkids.sk.ca.
NOSFERATU Screening of the classic 1922 German Expressionist film inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a score by Saskatoon rockers Shooting Guns. Magic Lantern Roxy Theatre, 8 p.m. $20 advance, $25 door.
ROSEBUD BURLESQUE: PEEK-A-BOO Halloween-themed burlesque performance. Free Flow Dance Centre (224 25th St. W.), Oct. 28-29, 9 p.m. $20 advance, $25 door. 306-665-5998.
TERROR IN THE TREES A family-friendly haunted forest attraction. Vanscoy (near Pike Lake Park). Oct. 28-31. Admission by donation. See terrorinthetrees.blogspot.ca.
BASSJACKERS HALLOWEEN Dance party with live DJs. Saskatoon Event Centre, 9 p.m. $40.
HALLOWEEN PARTY Wenches & Rogues, Violent Betty and Mostly Wanted do the musical honours. Capitol Music Club, 10 p.m. See capitolclubyxe.ca.
HIP HOP HALLOWEEN This party features Canadian hip hoppers Dragon Fli along with local artists Cquel and T-Rhyme. Vangelis Tavern.
FRANKENSTEIN This National Theatre adaptation of Mary Shelley’s story is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Frankenstein and the monster. Cineplex Odeon Centre, 12:30 p.m. See cineplex.com.
ROB ZOMBIE TRIPLE TERRIFYER See Shane’s movie listings for times and grisly plot info. $10 per screening, or three for $20. Broadway Theatre. See broadwaytheatre.ca.
GRUESOME TWOSOME Roller derby action featuring two bouts with High Impact wrestling at intermission. Prairieland Park, doors at 5 p.m. See saskatoonrollerderbyleague.ca.
THE MASQUERADE ISN’T OVER A masquerade ball hosted by the University of Saskatchewan’s Music Department. Manhattan Ballroom, 7 p.m. $20. Tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DARK SOULS Costumes, gaming, scary movies and all you can eat poutine from 5-7 p.m. are highlights of this non-nightclub event. Bartari Videogame Restaurant.
LATIN HALLOWEEN FIESTA Features costumed revelry, a free dance lesson and high-energy social dancing. Remai Arts Centre, 8:30 p.m. Text 306-491-9866 for info.
HALLOWEEN IN THE VILLAGE Tunes are by Big Stuff which specializes in 1960s and ’70s era Motown, disco and rock. Village Guitar & Amp, doors at 8 p.m. $26.50.
SCREAMFEST II Features heavy metal monsters Altars of Grief, In Ruin, Rapture and Ashes, Wrathed and Malestrom Vale. Louis’ Pub, doors 7 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door.
HALLOWEEN PARTY Bands include Yes We Mystic, The Ashley Hundred and The Damn Truth. Capitol Music Club, 9 p.m. See capitolclubyxe.ca.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Dance party with music by Les Barrington. Nutana Legion, 7 p.m. Free if in costume, $5 otherwise.
HALLOWEEN FOR HUMANITY Local musicians “band” together to cover songs by Nirvana, AFI, Hole and The Shangra-Lahs for a worthy cause. Vangelis Tavern.
INSANE ASYLUM This event features DJs Rumpus, Mickey Dubbz, DJ Steeg and a dance performance from The Seven Deadly Sins. Partial proceeds to SPCA. Saskatoon Event Centre. See saskatooneventcentre.com.
HALLOWEEN PARTY Music for this costumed shindig is by The Fuss. Somewhere Else Pub.
A VERY SLUITY HALLOWEEN Dance party with live DJs. Cosmo Seniors Centre, 9:30 p.m. $25 advance, $30 door.
KING’S CASTLE PRESENTS: THE HEROES OF HALLOWEEN Superhero-themed event which promises fun for the whole family. Western Development Museum, 2-4 p.m. 306-717-4284.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Screening of the classic 1975 horror musical directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. Broadway Theatre, 8 p.m. See broadwaytheatre.ca.
HALLOWEEN SCARY MOVIE NIGHT Geared not so much to purists who insist on celebrating on Oct. 31, but more for people who partied on the weekend and want a low-key way to mark fright night. Movies t.b.a. Capitol Music Club. See capitolclubyxe.ca.
FACE TO FACE This legendary California skate punk band celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. Yeah, they had a three-year hiatus from 2005-08, but they are touring a new album called Protection. So all-in-all, not a bad Halloween option. Louis’ Pub.